Nigerian Army Reclaims Mubi From Boko Haram Insurgents

Nigerian Army Reclaims Mubi From Boko Haram Insurgents

Latest reports informed that the Nigerian military has recaptured Mubi town in Adamawa State, northern Nigeria from the Boko Haram insurgents.

According to BBC report, the terrorists are currently fleeing from the Nigerian soldiers.

Also, a resident in Mubi confirmed the information to newsmen, saying that: “Earlier today, soldiers launched a fierce attack, which saw the Boko Haram militants retreating.

“They have chased them away, but I’m not sure how far they went‎. Right now, people are still afraid of returning to the town because of the shock of the capture.

“And some are afraid that Boko Haram may return, that’s why the news is not being celebrated‎.”

Though the official confirmation by the DHQ, in the person of Chris Olukolade, is still being expected as at the time of filing this report, a correspondent of the BBC in Nigeria, while commenting on the news, posted the tweets below on his account:

This is coming after it was reported some hours ago that hunters in Mubi were mobilising to retake the town after it was captured by Boko Haram.

According to reports, the courageous hunters killed about 80 Boko Haram members in Maiha Local Government Area of the state on November 13, 2014, Wednesday, in a bid to reclaim the local government headquarters from the insurgents.

Speaking with the newsmen, a resident of Maiha, who escaped to Yola, said that the local hunters, who mostly arm themselves with bows and arrows, decided to get mobilised and to fight the insurgents following the alleged killing of the soldiers on Monday.

It was gathered that thousands of local hunters across the state are also planning to join forces with the Nigerian troops to recapture some towns under terrorists' control.

Mr. P. P. Elisha, a spokesperson of Adamawa State Governor Bala James Ngilari, said the state government is supporting the hunters by donating three Toyota Hilux trucks to the state hunters association to enable them join the fight against the terrorists.

“Some of them (Boko Haram) ran away through Askira Uba and others through Mubi South and the situation in Mubi now is quite different from what it used to be,” he told to the PremiumTimes reporter.

Residents report that the first success in the battle for Mubi came in the night hours. A vigilante group, known as Yan Tauri, conducted a raid on the captured town, killed many insurgents.

Governor Bala Ngilari's statement praised the combined efforts of the Civilian JTF, the Sarkin Bakan Gombi and the military in liberation of Mubi.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian military had been trying to reclaim Mubi since the Islamists militants seized  the commercial hub of Adamawa on 29 October, 2014.


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